CityLibraries has a wide variety of databases to access covering a large range of subject matter including The Arts, Music, Literature, Law, Legislation, Standards, Encyclopaedias, Dictionaries, General Reference, Family and Local History, Business, News, Working Life, Health, Junior/Young Adult Students and Science.
How is searching a database different from using Google?
There is a lot of irrelevant and incorrect information online. Databases on this page provide free access to current information from authoritative sources - many with automatic citations: great for reference lists.
Database connection key
- Connect: These databases are available free online. If accessing the database outside the library, you may require your library membership card number to login.
- Connect @ library: These databases are only available at your library. Drop in to CityLibraries Townsville and login using the free public computers.
- Connect Offsite: CityLibraries Townsville provides our customers with access to databases via sources such as State Library of Queensland. You may have to register with State Library of Queensland for a free e-services library card to access the database.
Studiosity (formerly Your Tutor)
Online study support for students (school age and TAFE), job seekers, ESL and migrants, by connecting to live tutors from 3pm to midnight AET. Ask questions on any subject using online typed chat, and draw problems or equations on the online whiteboard. Alternatively, upload an essay or assignment any time of day or night, and we'll send feedback and expert comments back to you in less than 24 hours. Your Tutor connects students to expert teachers and tutors who can help with homework and assignment questions in maths, English, science, business studies and more in a live, one-to-one online classroom. You just need your library card to log on.
Note: From August 31, Your Tutor will change it's name to Studiosity.
Art | Music | Literature
Good Reading Magazine
An Australian resource with information on everything about books including thousands of independent book reviews and lots of interesting author profiles, articles on writers' homes and bookshops, short stories, book trivia and more. GR online is informative and interactive.
Australian Art Auction Records
Australian Art Auction Records is a service that publishes art auction results (the secondary art market) for sales in Australian and New Zealand.
Columbia Granger's Poetry
Columbia Granger's Poetry contains works of poetry found in anthologies and volumes of collected works, and selected works for individual poets.
Grove Art Online
Contains the full-text of The Dictionary of Art, The Oxford Companion to Western Art, and over 1500 colour images and line drawings, links to the Art Resource searchable image database, and links to images on museum and gallery websites.
Grove Music Online
The leading online resource for music research; a compendium of music scholarship offering the full texts of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, and The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz
Health and Wellness Resource Center
Provides current, authoritative full-text health information from journals and reference titles. Use your CityLibraries Townsville or State Library of Queensland membership ID to access the database.
Health Direct Australia
Australian Government website which has a wide range of current, quality assessed information on important health topics.
US Government website which has extensive information on health and medical issues.
RealTime Health is a trusted source of health information in an accessible video format.
Encyclopaedias | Dictionaries | General Reference
Get online help and ask a real-life person for assistance. Help is provided by tutors in resume CV feedback, basic maths, writing emails, online search, public speaking advice, writing skills, ESL writing feedback.
Monday to Friday 3pm -10pm
The Times Digital Archive
Full text of The Times (London) newspaper from 1785-1985.
Informative resource for anyone concerned about the issues facing our planet.
Dictionaries, encyclopaedias, thesauri, books of quotations, and atlases. Useful for quick look-ups, definitions and crossword solving.
Carter's Price Guide to Antiques
Price guides on art antiquities, antiques, collectables, retro, vintage and 20th century design. Includes prices on items from 1500 BC to the present day.
It supplements what search engines provide with reliable information from Australia's memory institutions.
Oxford English Dictionary
Access the definitive record of the meaning, history and evolution of 600,000 words.
World Book Advanced
Includes articles, pictures and maps, and links to editor-approved websites to constructively explore topics further.
AMES is English
AMES provides online English courses on a range of topics to help refugees and migrants living in Australia.
Road to IELTS
This online program helps students to develop their skills to the level necessary to succeed in the IELTs exam. Road to IELTS includes 120 hours of intensive work on vocabulary, reading, writing, listening and speaking.
Mango languages is a remote-access language learning resource where you can learn over 50 different languages.
Business | News | Working Life
Business Source Complete
Provides online full-text access to approximately 3,000 business journals and magazines covering subjects such as marketing, management, MIS, POM, accounting, finance and economics.
Harvard Business Review Press Collection eBooks
HBR Press publishes for the general, professional and academic markets on the topics of leadership, strategy, innovation, technology and management. Access over 600 eBook Business titles across various subjects and topics.
Free online learning. Learn about computers, technology, Windows 8 and many other topics.
Gale Business: Entrepreneurship
A comprehensive database that covers all aspects of starting and operating a business, including accounting, finance, human resources, management, marketing, tax, and more. Experience an easy-to-browse interface mapped to four key stages—plan, fund, start, and manage—to fit your research needs at any point in your business's development.
More than 3000 courses from beginner to advanced with video tutorials to learn the latest commercial software, creative and business skills, including web design and job search tools. To access this database a State Library of Queensland membership is required.
Complete full-text only content of local, regional, and national newspapers. Covers community events, education, sports, politics, government policies, cultural activities, local companies, state industries, and people in the community. Paid advertisements are excluded.
Onsite access, via IP authentication | Remote access, via barcode authentication
Australian Financial Review Newspapers
The Australian Financial Review newspaper is available in full colour as a digital replica of the paper copy. A 3 year archive of back issues is available and is fully searchable via Articles, Advertisements or Pictures. Individual articles can be translated into over 100 languages and can be downloaded, printed or emailed.
Junior | Young Adult | Students
Story Box Library
Story Box Library as an online ‘reading room’. It’s a place where the wonderful world of Australian Children’s Literature is on permanent exhibit and children can connect, engage and be inspired by a range of quality Australian stories read on film by some wonderfully engaging storytellers.
Information about Australian and New Zealand picture books, children's and young adults' novels and poems. Information about winners of children's literature awards.
**Ask library staff for username and password**
Exciting adventures, interactive tutorials and fun scratch puzzles and games for children 5 years and up.
Makes learning Scratch programming easier and great fun for all!
Based on Graeme Base’s much loved book Animalia, this engaging and interactive digital resource focuses on literacy and language using digital read-throughs and levelled activities – for children aged 5 to 12.
Available to download below as an app for iOS, Android and as a direct download for Mac and Windows.
PK mag is an e-zine for primary age kids. Published works include book reviews, poetry, short stories, artwork, photography and stories by kids, for kids.
SpineOut Online is a place where you can express your ideas and thoughts and share your creativity in words, art, film and music.
An online reading scheme of eBooks to help children improve their literacy. Interactive tests of comprehension and exercises to accompany stories.
Studiosity (formerly Your Tutor)
Get online real-time tutoring help with your homework. Help is provided by tutors in English, Mathematics, science, assignment research and study skills.
An online collection of over 300 ebooks and read-along chapter books, graphic novels, educational videos, and audio books. Suitable for reading levels from grades 3-6.
Busythings is colourful and quirky with over 115 activities covering areas such as problem solving, creative development, reasoning and numeracy for early learning and special needs.
Law | Legislation | Standards
AustLII Australasian (Legal Information Institute) provides access to primary and secondary legal materials and a growing collection of law journals.
Connect to Queensland Legislation from the Office of the Queensland Parliamentary Counsel website.
Australian Bureau of Statistics
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is Australia's national statistical agency. The ABS provides statistics on a wide range of economic and social matters.
National Construction Code Online
The NCC is an initiative of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) developed to incorporate all on-site building and plumbing requirements into a single code. The NCC sets the minimum requirements for the design, construction and performance of buildings throughout Australia.
Free online; requires username and password. Click connect and complete the registration form on the NCC website to create your username and password.
Family and Local History
Ancestry Library Edition
Coverage of the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, including census, vital, church, court, and immigration records, and record collections.
The National Archives
As the government's national archive for England, Wales and the United Kingdom, The National Archives hold over 1000 years of the nation's records for everyone to discover and use.
Findmypast.com.au is a family history and genealogy website, with millions of records covering Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, the Pacific Islands and the UK.
For more information, please ask your friendly staff at CityLibraries.